February 2008


Karma, I really don’t know much about it, except what people have said.  I get the idea that it is more or less: What goes around, comes around.  I get that from Earl, too.  I use the karma thing on Christopher all the time.  If he is asked to do something, and he puts it off or just doesn’t do it and something happens to him, I call it karma.  Maybe it is psychological on his part, but it is amazing how often this happens to him.  I see it other places too.  Here is a story for you to judge:

When we were in AZ we ran through McDonald’s to get something to eat. Mother always has to be careful of what she orders because she has a hard time eating anything too crunchy or tough. She got the usual Fillet-o-fish because she knew she could eat that, but she wondered if she could eat the chicken nuggets. So we ordered her the little four piece nuggets for a dollar and told them what kind of sauce she wanted. We had been out looking at houses and were on our way back to Shawn and Krissy’s. Mother and Father are usually “eat in” rather than “drive-thru, eat in the car people”, but we were all tired and wanted to get back quickly. After we had driven for quite a ways Mother had passed out all the food and realized there was sauce for the nuggets, but no nuggets. I said oh well and chalked it up to busy restaurant people. I did think it was funny that they had included the sauce, though. Probably a different person at that point.

Well, on the way home from AZ we again had to eat at McDonald’s (not my favorite place, by the way) . After we had all had our potty break, including Kia, Father took Mother for a little walk around the parking lot for exercise so I decided to run back in and get nuggets for Mother to try (along with pies, only 2 for $1!). As the girl helping me looked in the sack the other lady had handed her, she noted that there were 2 4-piece nuggets, and said “that’s okay”, and handed me the bag. I thought, “okay, what ever”. But as I was telling the others in the car about it I realized that these could be considered the ones we had paid for the other day! I wish I had thought of that when she had handed me the sack, so I could have told her this story! Get jipped one day and extra the next!

So, is it Karma?

Well, my mother has finely decided that she has had enough of Las Vegas and wants to move to Arizona. We all have come to the realization that my parents need too much care to be totally on their own anymore and that the situation will really never improve. So, Christopher and I really cannot move out. We decided that as time goes by and they need more help, it would be a good idea to live near other close family members. We all really liked the area that Shawn and Krissy are in, so we decided to go see what we could find in the way of houses. We looked online and narrowed it down to several houses and we found one that is really perfect for us and only about 15-20 minutes from them. Also, if Cassie and Alex get the house they want we will only be 5-10 minutes from them, so there is double the support!

So, now we go back and see if we can sell the house we are in for a decent price! There is, of course, a lot more to it than that, but is the readers digest version. Pray for us!! The way the market is now we really need that help. Like our Bishop said; it really doesn’t matter what the market is, if you are to go you’re house will sell.

Well, most, if not all of you know about my father’s accident, but I will give a synopsis. He was coming home from the storehouse and giving a ride home to another man who works there. As he approached the intersection that he wanted to turn left at, he got in the left turn lane and there was already a car going through and he thought he had the left arrow so he followed that car through.

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In the picture Father is the red arrow.

At this part of the story we are not exactly sure what happened, but Father’s passenger said that the car that hit them swerved out from behind another car. It came through the light and hit them mostly at the front passenger side bumper.

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The airbags deployed and saved them both from very much injury. But the hit turned them around as if they were now going west, and the SUV that hit him had now gone into a brick wall at the corner.

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He called me on my cell phone just as I was leaving work and I rushed over there. He was still shaking real bad, but mostly okay. The car was towed off and he received a citation because the officer said it was his fault. The next day we went to get stuff out of the car just in case it was to be totaled. So I took my camera along to show you all.

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Even though it looks this bad Father thought it might not be totaled.

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He said that it looked like it wasn’t into the engine block.

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I brightened this picture on the left to show how the dash came open to let the passenger airbag out. In the one on the right you can see how the steering wheel popped open to do the same thing.

Because the lady that had been in front had come back to help and give her story, we know now that it was not a green arrow, it was the green light AFTER the green arrow, which means to yield to oncoming traffic.

We were informed a few days ago that they are going to total it out and just pay Father for it. I suggested that they keep the money and I will go buy my own car. They certianlly don’t need 2 cars anymore anyway, and I do need my own car!

I keep a sticky lint remover standing up on the kitchen counter so I can use it conveniently. One morning in September I went out into the kitchen and found a little cockroach sitting on it. Stuck really. He (or she, who really knows) must have wondered what was at the top and decided to climb it. Big surprise for him (or her). It was stuck pretty solid. I took a few pictures thinking it may free it’s self at any moment.

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Then I decided that to get the full effect you really needed to see it struggle to get free, so I switched my camera to video and filmed it. Christopher was playing the part of the wind storm in showing you how stuck it really was. Now this is interesting family entertainment!

When I first heard the word blog, I didn’t like it.  It is a ridiculous sounding word.  Couldn’t they come up with something snappy? Well, now I have a blog, but I still don’t like that goofy word.  After my last entry I did a spell check.  They have a nice little button here to do that with.  The funny thing was that the only word that the spell check didn’t like was “blog”.  Yep, even the blog doesn’t like the word “blog”.

You know, when I was thinking about doing a blog, I told Shawn that interesting things just don’t happen to me. But I have been looking back at my blogs and I was wrong! I mean I didn’t have a rat climb into my engine or anything! But I do find that weird and unusual things do happen to me on a regular basis. When I am in a store, or similar and the person helping me says: “I’ve never had to do this before, I’m not sure how” and has to get help from a supervisor, I just say “It’s okay, this kind of thing always happens to me, I am a learning experience for people.” It never fails. I am always the learning experience. If I knew how often this would happen to me I would have started counting years ago! I will try to blog them from now on when they happen.

I decided to make cookies one day and got out the margarine to soften ahead of time. You know how it has those convenient little marks on the wrappers so you know how to cut it up? Well…these were a little hard to figure out this time.

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I was glad I needed the whole thing and didn’t need 3 Tablespoons!

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I have to admit I was a little startled by this. I mean, I have used cubes of margarine for YEARS, but, I have never had it look like this. I realized I had another package of this brand in the fridge I had purchased at the same time. I just had to look! Sure enough, it was the same way! I may never see this again, but at least I have evidence!!

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